This September in London, Sotheby's is delighted to present a unique auction takeover collaboration with Mario Testino. As one of the most celebrated photographers of our time, this project will look beyond Testino's enigmatic images that have shaped contemporary culture and reveal the artist as collector, patron and collaborator. Over a series of live and online auctions, a curated group of paintings, photographs, works on paper and sculpture, from some of the most important artists of the last two decades will be offered in support of Museo Mario Testino, MATE.
In 2012 Mario Testino established the not-for-profit Museo MATE in Lima to promote and support local and global culture in Peru. All proceeds from the auction will go toward the expansion of the centre’s programme of exhibitions, residencies and education initiatives, ensuring its success in the future.
The Afternoon Sale charts some of the most influential art historical movements of the past few decades and is punctuated by standout works from renowned international artists such as Richard Prince, Michaël Borremans, Anselm Kiefer, Georg Baselitz, Wolfgang Tillmans, Cindy Sherman, Rudolf Stingel, Gilbert & George, Tomma Abts and Jacqueline Humphries. Whilst truly international in its scope, the sale is undoubtedly flavoured with a distinctly Latin American taste and is led by Adriana Varejão’s pivotal work Blue Sauna from the artist’s iconic Saunas and Baths series.